Tottenham vs Crystal Palace
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London).
A surprise inclusion in the top-four has been Crystal Palace. As four match-days have passed, the team has lost just once, and ironically this had come against a newly-promoted Sheffield United.
At present, the side has built up some momentum with their back-to-back wins, and this even included a victory at the Old Trafford against Manchester United.
The defense has been the focal point of the squad’s impressive run so far. Of their four fixtures till point, two ended with clean sheets for them, and the remaining two had their backline breached once each.
Naturally, Palace boasts of the best defensive record at the moment in the competition.
The point I’m conveying is, the struggling hosts, the Spurs, should not take this fixture lightly at any cost. They are already behind schedule, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently placed ninth in the table.
Spurs managed just a single win to their credit, and it came against the newly-promoted Aston Villa, and that too while buoyed by home advantage. With the international break over, the players will be rejuvenated, and eager to set a tone for the rest of the season.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Head-to-head (h2h)
- Eight of the last ten matches saw Spurs registering the win.
- The previous eight games in a row saw a team recording a win to nil, be it Spurs or Palace.
- The former nine trips made by Roy Hodgson’s men to this venue saw them score a total of two goals.
- Not a single league win has been posted by the guests at this stadium.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Prediction
The 2018-19 Champions League runners-up are beasts that have been forced into a corner. There’s no telling how fierce they might react, and if previous h2h clashes are any indication, the hosts should be having the upper hand this weekend.
Take into consideration the fact that Hotspur won eight of the previous ten such encounters and four of the last five at this venue. Moreover, they have the home advantage, and importantly, Palace is yet to record a league win at this stadium.
In addition, in the last 15 years, only once have the visitors won here too.
Moreover, a major chunk of these wins has been associated with a clean sheet as well. In fact, six of the former eight encounters between these two ended with Spurs recording wins to nil, and the guests have been able to register just two goals from their prior nine trips here.
As such, count on the hosts adding such a win to an already long series. And building on the same note – with the absolute master-classes of defensive performances under the belt for Roy Hodgson’s men, the fixture has all the probability in the world to end up as a low-scoring one.
In short, expect a hard-fought, low-scoring, win to nil for Tottenham.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
Tottenham to Win to Nil @ 2.25 (5/4)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.25 (5/4).